Heathcliff's case study

by Ernie Jeffress, June 2014

600 words

2 pages


Patient Heathcliff has shown to be an obsessed person. However, this obsession has many different forms.

Obsession is compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety; a persistent idea or impulse that continually forces its way into consciousness, often associated with anxiety and mental illness (thefreedictionary.com).

It all began in his childhood when Catherine Earnshow became his friend. They were in close relationship between each other, though he was not a son of Mr.Earnshow. Heathcliff is an orphan who starting from the childhood was depraved of love. However, he finds his relief in being in love with Catherine. He also became a son to Mr. Earnshow who loves him more on comparison to his son, Hindley whom he sends to college.

The hard period of Heathcliff life begins with return of the Hindley who treated him ill, as a servant. Such a behavior made a patient Heathcliff feel bad and made a contrast. What is more, his relationships with Catherine are also growing complicated as she was charmed by Edgar Linton. From now on Hethcliff became possessed with Catherine and also obsessed with revenge.

However, judging by what he had to go through in his life it is obvious that a man who was no educated would behave like this. It is supposed to be cured in group therapy where everyone can share their experience and they way they fight with this kind of problem.

However, Heathcliff is blinded with his revenge that he even goes away and letting the love of his life marry another man. Although, he does not stop at this, he decides to marry Isabella, sister of Edgar Lindon. Heathcliff cannot find a proper place in society. The role with which a person identifies himself/herself in society firms in teenage years. However, Heathcliff has sudden contrasts here, as at first he is loved as a son and has everything and a beloved friend. Once, after death of Catherine’s father he is treated as servant by Hindley.

Although psychology or even psychiatry is capable of curing this and explain patient what needs to be done. Thanks to different methodologies including hypnosis, which aims at living and feeling over again the same emotions and together with good specialist one can find the solution.

He is a man of strong uncontrolled emotions which rule him through his life. He treats badly his wife as well as his son, he even forces his son Linton to have a romance with Cathy (the daughter of Catherine) to become the owner of two mansions: Wurthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange. Hethcliff made a goal of achieving this and his revenge would be complete. He is manipulative and does not obey social rules.

When Catherine dies, Heathcliff is much more obsessed as he wants her still …

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